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time in half between washington and new york, as well as between new york and boston. capital spending to increase speeds and upgrade amtrak's infrastructure is the ticket to transporting americans in a cost-effective and energy efficient manner. we in labor are amtrak's partners. we urge this committee to allow amtrak the latitude to reorganize if they so see the need, but more importantly to authorize substantial amounts of additional funds for amtrak's capital needs. amtrak also plays a central role in financing our railroad timer system which is a self-funded -- retirement system which is a self-funded pension system that this committee in 2000 and 2001 reformed. changes in the federal treatment of amtrak such as significant funding cuts or passenger rail privatization could jeopardize the kohl van hollency of our railroad retirement system that affects 270,000 career railroad employees around the country. americans want a national inner city passenger network and amtrak is uniquely able to fill that need. highways and commercial aviation will not alone meet the nation's future tra
the thriving boston of today and protected the glories of cape cod for tomorrow. and we treasure his innate ability to bring together with good humor and unwavering purpose people from both sides of the aisle, a singular aspect to his legacy, which is most embodied in his work with president reagan to strengthen social security, protecting this critically important program for decades. i thank speaker boehner and leader pelosi for introducing this legislation that will name a building in the shadow of this great capital after a great speaker, tip o'neill, thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. >> reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. capuano: i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern. you the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you. i thank the gentleman for yielding. and for his leadership. i know those of us in the massachusetts delegation always welcome the opportunity to pa
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